any of various small passerine birds (family Sittidae) with a sharp beak and a short tail: they typically search for insects by moving down tree trunks headfirst
Origin of nuthatchMiddle English notehach from note, nutte, nut + an unverified form hache from hacken, hack
Any of several small, short-tailed birds of the genus Sitta found in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, having a long sharp bill and known for climbing down trees headfirst.
Origin of nuthatchMiddle English notehache note nut ; see nut . hache hatchet ( from Old French) ( perhaps of Germanic origin, from its habit of wedging nuts in bark and hacking them open )